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New Construction Regulations: Get up to speed with the new definitions

by , 20 February 2014
The amended Construction Regulations were promulgated on 10 February 2014. The first major change is the definitions in the Construction Regulations. Let's take a look at a few of the definition changes and what they mean for you and your business.

How the definitions have changed

The first definition to change is that of an 'agent'. An agent is a person who the client appoints to oversee the construction project. The change in the Construction Regulations means this person must register with an organisation approved by the Chief Inspector, i.e. this person must register with South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) because it's the only registration body at the moment. Remember your construction manager, construction safety officer and construction supervisor must also register with the SACPCMP.

Next is the definition of a 'competent person'. It now has a stronger focus on knowledge of the OHS Act.

Read on for nine more definitions…

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Nine more definitions that changed in the new Construction Regulations
Here are nine more definitions that changed and what it means for your business:
  1. Audit - You must audit your current health and safety system. This was only standard practice, but it's now law that you need to audit your current health and safety system.
  2. Construction health and safety officer – This is a new defined Construction Health and Safety Officer role.
  3. Construction manager – This is a new defined role where your construction manager is now the person responsible for the physical construction process.
  4. Construction supervisor – Another new defined role where your construction supervisor is now the person responsible for the supervision of construction activities. This person must be competent.
Keep reading for the last five definitions…



Nine definitions that changed in the new Construction Regulations cont…
  1. Construction work permit – A new permit you need to get from the Provincial Director. It authorises the construction work. There are certain criteria your client needs to meet before you can get a permit.
  2. Fall protection plan – Your fall protection plan must now include a rescue plan.
  3. Fall risk – This definition covers all risks to a person falling and not only from a certain height.
  4. Health and safety plan – Your plan needs to be site specific with your client's specifications.
  5. Client specifications – Your client must draft this document along with the baseline risk assessment. And it must be project specific.
These are only a few of the changes of the definitions in the Construction Regulations. We're updating all our chapters on Construction Regulations in your Health and Safety Advisor. Look out for your next update and make sure your handbook is up to date with these latest changes. Order your Health and Safety Advisor today!

Yours in Safety
 
Johann Botes
SHE Practitioner (SAIOSH Reg No. 1577)
Health and Safety Advisor

PS – We are also launching a Construction Compliance Guide. Email louise@fsp.co.za to be added on our hotlist and be the first to get this product.


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